Friday, September 19, 2008

Opinion or Fact

I came across a thread today that stated North Shore Clay is not making jewelry. Opinion or fact?

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and of course, our constitution guarantees us the right to have our say, and say it however we choose.

Does the medium we use, whether it's clay, metal or anything else determine whether what we make is jewelry? Does the length of time it takes us to make the piece determine whether it's jewelry or is it the difficulty of making the piece. If any of the aforementioned statements are true then there is a lot of (non)jewelry out there that is not jewelry.

When we create something it is an extremely personal expression of ourselves. Often times I am relating something personal through my clay. I tell stories as I create my pieces. They may not be for everyone and that's okay. My pieces are not about glitz and glamour.

So what do you think? Is North Shore Clay making jewelry? Sounds like the stuff of a good hearty debate.